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Subject: Re: IEC device
Date: Feb 22, 6:00 pm
Poster: Richard Hull

On Feb 22, 6:00 pm, Richard Hull wrote:

>Has anyone with limited experience built one without any missing digits in a reasonable time and cost frame? Sorry if this info is already posted. I've not had time to absorb it all.

If you have rummaged around this BBS postings a bit, by now you will see that, yes, two people have made working, fusing, neutron producing, amateur fusors; Myself and Scott Little. My friend and BBS poster Tom Ligon has also produced neutrons with his work on the Bussard fusor/IECF effort. Several others here have made demonstration devices. Working on the identical principle and exactly as visually exciting as a formal fusor. I may be the only one with a currently work fusor though, as Scott used his company's vacuum system to assemble his. He might have had to dismantle it as other company projects came along. A few others on the list are real "spark plugs" of inspiration and the source of sage information and intel. Your can tell who they are by the volume and regularity of their posts. I suspect that a lot of them have a box of parts being assembled to allow them to move on the work soon.

You can dabble a demo system together over a few months, I suppose, perhaps a year. The cost should not exceed $500.00 if you are thrifty. If you are talented, gifted, and have a super spare parts bin and a vacuum pump already, that cost can be halved.

A real Stainless Steel vesseled fusor system in the 50,000 neutron/second class, of the simplest form, as is my fusor III, would be a one or two kilobuck project for the gifted and talented class of individual with a lot of friends in the machining and welding business. Triple that figure if you start cold, are hated by many, and have 5 thumbs on each hand.

The greatest of all fusorite abilities would be to "scrounge" at the expert level, followed by an ability to plan, organize, and execute. Funding would be only a tertiary concern to such an individual.

The neutron producer fusor is a serious business though not dangerous to anyone used to most laboratory proceedures related to hazards associated with gas handling, high voltages, x-ray protection, etc.

This group of messages, back to day one, can be a mighty powerful asset to the aspiring fusorite. Good luck, should you attempt to climb the doer's "potential hill".

Richard Hull